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Court Denies Appeal by Men Convicted in Violent Burglary & Robbery Spree

by on September 12, 2013 5:55 PM

Two of the men convicted in a violent crime spree that stretched across Centre County have been denied an appeal.

According to the Centre County District Attorney's office, a superior court judge refused to grant an appeal for Anatoliy Veretnov and Alexei Semionov.

The men were convicted on multiple counts of burglary, robbery, kidnapping, assault and theft. Those crimes took place from late 2009 until March of 2010.

Veretnov was convicted in June of 2012 and sentenced to serve 30 1/2 to 60 1/2 years in prison.

In February of 2012, Semionov was sentenced to 36 years, 1 month, to a maximum of 72 years, 4 months behind bars.

Two accomplices, Maksim Illarionov and Dmitriy Litvinov, were also involved in many of the crimes.

The men took part in a string of robberies and burglaries, targeting a number of businesses including Centre Glass, State Amusement, and the Bar in Boalsburg, along with several private residences.

Litvinov and Veretnov were also involved in the kidnapping and robbery of a Penn State student.

The pair robbed the student at gun point and forced him to withdraw $500 from an ATM. The two men beat the student and threatened to kill him.

The court also upheld an appeal from prosecutors asking for a longer prison sentence for Litvinov. The judge ruled that Litvinov should be re-sentenced to include mandatory gun charges.

An appeal by Illarionov is still pending.

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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